Ames goal the difference in Hawk boys’ 2-1 victory
Niko Ames scored on a turnaround shot from 30 yards away and Frontier Regional School closed out a wild second half of play against South Hadley High School to take a 2-1 independent boys’ soccer win Tuesday afternoon in South Hadley.
The two squads battled through a relatively quiet first half when neither could find the back of the net. But things picked up in the second half, beginning when Jamie Blinder found Chad Parent inside the South Hadley box and Parent one-timed it home with his left foot to put Frontier up 1-0 in the 50th minute. South Hadley tied the game six minutes later when Nate Flachs scored on an assist from Matt Lajoie. But Frontier didn’t let the goal deflate it and coach Dale Totman was happy with the way his team persevered.
“We didn’t get down and that was huge,” he said. “They just kept fighting. Our guys really wanted this game. They played with a lot of heart and it was great to win a close game.”
It took just seven minutes for Frontier (4-3-0) to notch the game-winner, as Ames fought for a ball about 30 yards out from the Tigers’ goal. Upon gaining possession, Ames turned a fired a bullet to beat South Hadley goalie Chris Zuchowski, who finished with six saves.
Dylan Husted made four saves to earn the win.
Granby 2, Greenfield 1 — Matthew Bleakley’s goal in the 70th minute proved top be the game-winner as Granby High School edged Greenfield High School, 2-1, in independent boys’ soccer action Tuesday in Granby.
Vova Cobileanschi had put the Green Wave on top in the 19th minute when he booted home a throw-in from Ben Darmanchev.
Zachary Funk responded with an unassisted goal in the 21st minute to tie the score at 1-1. Then Bleakley scored unassisted with 10 minutes left.
Granby managed to win despite getting outshot 21-8.
Brett Sullivan made 13 saves for the Rams. Greenfield’s Oleg Cobileanschi stopped a half-dozen shots.
“We played 60 minutes of good soccer and 20 minutes we kind of lapsed. That’s when (Granby) took advantage,” said Wave head coach Kurt Richardson. “We just couldn’t find the corners. We were hitting the keeper in the chest all game long.”
Greenfield (1-3-3) hosts Renaissance School Friday at 4 p.m.
Pioneer 2, Catholic 2 — John O’Hara scored with 13 minutes left to help Holyoke Catholic High School tie Pioneer Valley Regional School, 2-2, in independent boys’ soccer play Tuesday in Chicopee.
Cody Wickline and Jeremy Kemble scored for the Panthers (4-2-1), for whom Anders Paulson and Brian Aja had assists. Josh Hill made seven saves.
Adam Provost also scored for the Gaels. Collin Neffinger and Nick Cox had the assists.
Gateway 3, Turners 0 — Calvin Dowers’ two goals led Gateway Regional High School over Turners Falls High School, 3-0, in independent boys’ soccer play Tuesday night in Huntington.
Curtis Dowers added the other marker for the Gators, who outshot Turners 22-6.
Zach Demars made six saves in goal for the Indians.
Monson 5, Athol 0 — Mike Lund Jr. notched a hat trick as Monson High School blanked Athol High School, 5-0, in an independent boys’ soccer match Tuesday in Monson.
Pat Murphy added a goal and an assist and Justin Moloney also scored for the Mustangs, who outshot the Red Raiders 20-6.
Ben Murphy made two saves to record the shutout for Monson.
Jamie Posk made 10 saves for Athol.
Smith Academy 7, Mohawk 0 — Jack Dadmun scored two goals to lead Smith Academy to a 7-0 independent win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in boys’ soccer action Tuesday in Hatfield
Derek McMahon added a goal and an assist for the Falcons (4-1-2), while Cam Woodward made one save for the shutout.
Josh Taylor made eight saves, including a penalty-kick stop, for the Warriors.
Renaissance 8, Mahar 0 — John Togba booted home five goals to power Renaissance School to an 8-0 independent boys’ soccer win over Mahar Regional School on Tuesday in Springfield.
Sam Asomoah added a goal and two assists for the Phoenix.
Matt Simmingon and Bryce Cleveland each made three saves for the Senators.
FC Tech 6, Commerce 0 — Mackenzie Coburn scored twice and added an assist as Franklin County Technical School earned a 6-0 win over High School of Commerce Tuesday afternoon in Turners Falls.
Rachel Shearer and Skyler Clark-Williams each scored in the first half for the Eagles, with Missy Vatalaro earning an assist on the Clark-Williams goal. The Eagles (2-4) broke things open with four second-half goals. Coburn made it 3-0 five minutes into the frame when she finished off on an indirect kick from Vatalaro. Coburn then set up Alyssa Andrews for the fourth goal of the game. Coburn and Andrews each added unassisted tallies later in the frame to close out the scoring.
Shayla Demers finished with three saves to earn the shutout.
Catholic 3, Pioneer 0 — Adelina Martin, Danielle Ethan and Kylee Winzyka each scored once on Tuesday and Holyoke Catholic edged Pioneer, 3-0, in an independent girls’ soccer game in Northfield.
Katie Klejna made four saves to earn the shutout.
Sophie Peduzzi made seven saves in the Pioneer net before giving way to Sydney Martin, who finished with four saves.